Vendors and GSMA team up to reduce handset theft

25 Feb 2004

The GSM Association (GSMA) and a number of leading mobile vendors, including Alcatel, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Panasonic, Sagem, Siemens and Sony Ericsson, have announced an agreement to implement measures that they claim will drastically reduce handset theft worldwide. The agreement includes a series of comprehensive measures to enhance the integrity of handsets using IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) and improving the effectiveness of disabling phones that are reported stolen. The GSMA is also ramping up efforts to extend its global database of stolen handsets – the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) – so that operators can work together to prevent stolen mobiles re-entering the market.